The Navy announced today it has relieved four officers from the former USS Guardian - including the commanding officer - in response to the ship's grounding on the environmentally-sensitive Tubbataha Reef near the Philippines.
According to a statement from the U.S. Pacific Fleet provided to the Associated Press:
[I]nitial findings indicate all four sailors failed to adhere to standard navigation procedures at the time of the Jan. 17 grounding ...
The U.S. Navy will conduct a formal decommissioning ceremony for the USS Guardian on March 6 in Japan, according to Vice Adm. Tom Copeman, Commander Naval Surface Force, U.S. Pacific Fleet.
The Guardian ran aground on Tubbataha Reef the morning of January 17 while transiting the Sulu Sea, approximately 80 miles east-southeast of Palawan Island. The Navy determined the ship was "beyond economical repair" - and now salvage crews ...
After many stops and starts, it appears salvage operations have resumed today on the USS Guardian, which ran aground on Tubbataha Reef near the Philippines on January 17.
The Philippine Star reports Tropical Depression “Crising” had stalled operations for a bit, forcing the primary crane ship Jascon 25 to temporarily leave the area. However, Jascon 25 is moving back toward the Guardian:
The salvage team as of 9:30 a ...
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